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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Miles Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2001 ISBN: 9781415911624
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With the same passionate scholarship and analytical audacity he brought to the character of God, Jack Miles now approaches the literary and theological enigma of Jesus. In so doing, he tells the story of a broken promise—God’s ancient covenant with Israel—and of its strange, unlooked-for fulfillment. For, having abandoned his chosen people to an impending holocaust at the hands of their Roman conquerors. God, in the person of Jesus, chooses to die with them, in what is effectively an act of divine suicide.

On the basis of this shocking argument, Miles compels us to reassess Christ’s entire life and teaching: His proclivity for the powerless and disgraced. His refusal to discriminate between friends and enemies. His transformation of defeat into a victory that redeems not just Israel but the entire world. Combining a close reading of the Gospels with a range of reference that includes Donne, Nietzche, and Elie Wiesel, Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God is a work of magnificent eloquence and imagination.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "...an erudite and provocative literary tour de force that would make a perfect Christmas or Hanukkah present for believers and nonbelievers alike. It is truly impossible to catalog all of the literary riches in this reinterpretation of the New Testament. Susan Jaccoby, Newsday
  • As a way of seeing, Miles’s book has great power and depth. Though he does not try to solve the problem of evil, his book gives us, with horrid clarity, the vision of a culpable, guilty, and finally atoning God... James Wood, The New Yorker
  • The faithful may be disturbed by Miles’ reading of the Bible as a portrait of a God capable of changing his mind... But Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God is, like Miles’ previous book, a stimulating, challenging work.
    --Charles Matthews, San Jose Mercury
  • "...a daring critic who can provide his own translations of Hebrew and Greek. Regardless of our agreement or disagreement with him, he prods us to read these familiar stories afresh, with all their original suspense and drama, his analysis serving as an invitation for our own. Ron Charles, Christian Science Monitor
  • "...a literary vision of Christ with more insight, warmth, and verve (not to mention chutzpah), that have been seen...for many a year. Peter Heinegg, America
  • This American ex-Jesuit...is a resuscitation artist. His style is exceptionally riveting. His theses are daring, his perspectives astonishing, his insights as daring as they are witty. Ludger LŸtkehaus, Die Zeit, Hamburg
  • “Provocative and deeply engaging…This is a spectacular story, and Miles tells it well…Exciting reading.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Miles is a master, provocative and accessible, in presenting a God who is ambivalent, hesitant, moody, offhand, remote and opaque.... All in all, this is the most compelling page-turner of the year. Bill Bell, New York Daily News
  • The brilliance of Jack Miles’s new book on Christ is that it manages to “make strange” the best-known story in history. Edward Skidelsky, The New Statesman
  • “[Jack Miles] is a daring critic…Regardless of our agreement or disagreement with him, he prods us to read these familiar stories afresh, with all their original suspense and drama, his analysis serving as an invitation for our own.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “No one who reads it will be able to think about even the most familiar Biblical scenes in quite the same way.”

    Newsday

  • “The brilliance of Jack Miles’s new book on Christ is that it manages to ‘make strange’ the best-known story in history…Startlingly original.”

    New Statesman

  • “Miles is a master, provocative, and accessible, in presenting a God who is ambivalent, hesitant, moody, offhand, remote, and opaque: a reluctant supernatural magician…This is the most compelling page-turner of the year.”

    New York Daily News

  • “As literary interpreters go, Miles does a lovely job…Often thrilling.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Brims with ideas, and Miles has a teacher’s urge to find a profusion of ways to explain those ideas…Let all great religious texts have such enlightened readers.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God is, like Miles’s previous book, a stimulating, challenging work.”

    San Jose Mercury News

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Budget Books | 11/24/2013

    " Richard says: This was a completely original interpretation of the life of Christ, and gave a fresh insight into the Gospels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 3/5/2013

    " A wonderful book that really changed the way I look at things. A deep read, but easy to take important lessons from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marguerite | 12/24/2012

    " A nice follow to Miles' literary analysis of the Old Testament. I like the exploration of Jesus' varied NT roles. I still believe the image of God/Jesus as bridegroom/husband invites abuse and rationalization, though. Can't we just be friends? Both of Miles' books will merit re-reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 matt | 10/9/2012

    " Excellent on first blush. J Miles can really write and his analytical skills (not simply textual, mind) are filed to a fine, sharp needle "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 3/20/2012

    " Fantastic... this will reinvigorate your spiritual imagination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silvio Renzulli | 12/16/2011

    " As good as God A Biography. Another spellbinding read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 11/30/2011

    " Conceptually very interesting, but it was a very heavy read and I don't enjoy having to continually put books down to let them "breathe". I'm glad I made notes so I can look back and know I didn't imagine how bogged down I felt when I first read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edgar Sandoval | 4/29/2011

    " What made GOD go from a warrior/blood-thirsty/vengeful/-all-powerful invisible entity to a mortal miracle maker hell-bent on suicide? Pick up this stellar book (I dont usually use the world stellar all that much either)and find out. Just the facts Mam' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Budget Books | 4/13/2011

    " Richard says: This was a completely original interpretation of the life of Christ, and gave a fresh insight into the Gospels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 matt | 5/27/2010

    " Excellent on first blush. J Miles can really write and his analytical skills (not simply textual, mind) are filed to a fine, sharp needle "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angelia | 3/29/2010

    " Unlike God: A Biography, this attempt is sorely lacking in focus. It jumps around the New Testament with no clear sense of direction. I'd hoped for illumination like I received with the first book, but alas, no. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 3/23/2010

    " Fantastic... this will reinvigorate your spiritual imagination. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 5/28/2009

    " Conceptually very interesting, but it was a very heavy read and I don't enjoy having to continually put books down to let them "breathe". I'm glad I made notes so I can look back and know I didn't imagine how bogged down I felt when I first read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silvio | 3/1/2009

    " As good as God A Biography. Another spellbinding read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marguerite | 6/9/2008

    " A nice follow to Miles' literary analysis of the Old Testament. I like the exploration of Jesus' varied NT roles. I still believe the image of God/Jesus as bridegroom/husband invites abuse and rationalization, though. Can't we just be friends? Both of Miles' books will merit re-reading. "

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About the Author
Jack Miles is a writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, the The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, where he served for ten years as literary editor and as a member of the newspaper’s editorial board. The recipient of a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages from Harvard University and a former Jesuit, he has been a Regents Lecturer at the University of California, director of the Humanities Center at Claremont Graduate University, and visiting professor of humanities at the California Institute of Technology. His first book, God: A Biography, won a Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into fifteen languages. Currently senior advisor to the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a foundation supporting art and scholarship, Dr. Miles lives with his wife and daughter in Southern California.
About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.